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  1. foolish, voluble talk: His speech was full of the most amazing blather.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to talk or utter foolishly; blither; babble: The poor thing blathered for hours about the intricacies of his psyche.
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Also blether.

Origin of blather

Middle English; Old Norse blathra to chatter, blabber
Related formsblath·er·er, noun
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Related Words for blathering

babble, digress, meander, wander, ramble, divulge, chortle, giggle, blather, cackle, blab, rave, blathering, chitchatting, gibbering, blithering, blabbering, jabbering, prate

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Historical Examples of blathering

  • It's some of them blathering Barneys that's after calling me Bridget a widdy.

    The Misfit Christmas Puddings

    The Consolation Club

  • Go out of that door, I'm telling you, and do your blathering below in the glen.

  • You'd be a great one for keeping him steady at his work, for he's after idling and blathering to this hour from the dawn of day.

  • But my Irishmen are as jolly as ever, blathering and chaffing each other after their usual fashion.

  • Some blathering parsons say that this blessed Mission is teaching men to talk cant and Puritanism.

    The Chequers

    James Runciman

British Dictionary definitions for blathering


Scot blether

  1. (intr) to speak foolishly
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  1. foolish talk; nonsense
  2. a person who blathers
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Word Origin for blather

C15: from Old Norse blathra, from blathr nonsense
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Word Origin and History for blathering



1520s, Scottish, probably from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse blaðra "mutter, wag the tongue," perhaps of imitative origin. Related: Blathered; blathering.

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1787, from blather (v.).

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